Clarion Goldfield Dows will begin offering the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy starting with the 2019-20 school year. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by CGD to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, at any time during their high school enrollment prior to graduation.

To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, a student must demonstrate proficiency in English and another language on a state-approved assessment.

CGD Community School District: Seal of Biliteracy Award


  

What Is The Seal of Biliteracy?

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a public school district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, at any time during their high school enrollment prior to graduation.

 

Why is the Seal of Biliteracy Important?

Being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century. The seal of biliteracy:

  • Values language as an asset and recognizes the value of language diversity & cultural identity.
  • Prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in careers and the global society.
  • Provides employers, universities, and grant/scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to the attainment of biliteracy.

 


 


Requirements to Demonstrate Proficiency in English:

To be eligible to be awarded the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy, each student shall demonstrate proficiency in English. The assessment options to demonstrate proficiency in English include: 


Exam

Minimum Score

ISASP (in Grades 9-12)

Proficient in English/Language Arts

ACT

English 18

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21) in grades 9- 12

4 or 5 in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) which equates to an overall proficiency of 3


AND


Requirements to Demonstrate Proficiency in Spanish:

CGD students taking Spanish IV will take the STAMP assessment as part of their coursework prior to graduation. Each student shall demonstrate proficiency in Spanish:


Exam

Minimum Score

Spanish STAMP Assessment

Intermediate-Mid (5)

This level is required on all components.


*Please Note: The Seal of Biliteracy can be awarded in any language. Additional exam options are available to demonstrate proficiency. Visit the following link for more information: Iowa Seal of Biliteracy


AND

Any student not enrolled in Spanish IV wishing to test for the Seal of Biliteracy shall obtain a teacher recommendation. Please see the counseling office for a list of teachers eligible to give a recommendation. 


 Cost To Take the Proficiency Assessments

  • CGD will pay for and provide the ISASP assessment to demonstrate proficiency in English for all students in grades 9-11 
  • CGD will pay for and provide the STAMP assessment for all students taking Spanish IV at CGD and any student with a teacher recommendation. Students without a teacher recommendation will be reimbursed for the cost of the STAMP test if they qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy.
  • All other state-approved assessments used to demonstrate proficiency in English or another language must be paid for and coordinated by the student or guardian. 

Apply for the Seal of Biliteracy

  • Students taking Spanish IV: 

    • Students taking Spanish IV do not have to apply to earn the Seal of Biliteracy Award.
    • Students will complete the state-approved ISASP English/Language Arts Assessment to demonstrate proficiency in English and the STAMP Assessment (part of the Spanish IV course) to demonstrate proficiency in a world language.
    • The High School Counselor will collaborate with the CGD Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator to review all ISASP and STAMP scores to determine students that meet the proficiency requirements to be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy Award.
    • CGD will also review other assessment scores for English proficiency if requested by the student taking Spanish IV.


  • Students not taking Spanish IV:
    • Students that want to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy in a world language, are not taking Spanish IV, have not obtained a teacher recommendation, or want to demonstrate proficiency using assessments other than the ISASP and STAMP are required to:
      • Demonstrate proficiency in English and another Language using a state-approved assessment prior to graduation from CGD.
      • Provide CGD with official scores and results from completed state-approved assessment.
    • The High School Counselor will collaborate with the CGD Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator to review all scores to determine students that meet the proficiency requirements to be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy Award.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How will CGD recognize students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy Award?


A: Recognition of the awarded State of Iowa Seal of Biliteracy will be included on the student’s official transcript. Students will be recognized during the Graduation Ceremony.


Q: Can the Seal of Biliteracy be awarded to seniors after they graduate if their test results are not available in time for graduation?

A: Yes. If the results of an approved language assessment taken while the student was enrolled in high school are not available at the time of graduation, the district can award the Seal of Biliteracy when results are available after graduation.

Q: Do students have to prove proficiency through language assessments during a single year to earn the seal of biliteracy? 

A: No. Students can take the assessments anytime during grades 9-12.

Q: Can students take the assessments more than once?

A: Yes. A student could complete an assessment during their junior year, not reach the minimum required score, then retake the assessment during their senior year and earn a proficient score.

Q: Can students demonstrate proficiency in more than two languages?

A: Yes. If a student demonstrates proficiency in English and more than one other world language, CGD will note all proficient languages on the student’s transcript.


Questions: Contact CGD High School Counseling Office at 515-532-2895